World Cup Champions Get Heroes’ Welcome in Berlin
Berlin goes all out for World Cup Champions! Almost half a million enthusiastic fans from all over Germany gathered at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on 15 July morning to welcome the German football squad home.
Flying low over the ‘fan mile,’ the team landed in Berlin’s Tegel Airport after an 11-hour flight from Brazil – which got delayed when a baggage carrier collided with the airplane. Team Captain Philipp Lahm led the team, trophy in hand, off a plane bearing the logo “Fanhansa” instead of “Lufthansa” – a campaign launched by Lufthansa in May in support of the German team and the many fans flying to Brazil.
The team, now dressed in black t-shirts with the number one on them, took a two-hour drive into downtown Berlin aboard a black open-deck bus with the years of Germany’s World Cup victories painted in gold: “1954, 1974, 1990, 2014!”
Surrounded by crowds of fans, Lahm emerged from among four of his team mates, who all walked on stage with heads bowed and hands behind their backs before suddenly falling to the ground, revealing the Captain carrying the golden trophy.
“We’re all world champions!” the Germany coach Joachim Löw said.
“Of course, it was a long way to the title, and an incredibly tough one in the end. But we’re incredibly happy to be here with the fans now,” he added.
The team won the title after their 1-0 win over Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro – their fourth title overall, but the first since Germany was reunited in 1990.
Since their last victory in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Germany made it as far as third place twice – once in 2006, when they hosted the tournament, and again in 2010 in South Africa.
Photos of the team during the celebrations – including a number of selfies with the audience – flooded social media websites, with the hashtag #WorldCupFinal still trending on Twitter as of 16 July.